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FishLabs, Developer Of Galaxy On Fire, Releases Sports Car Challenge, Promising Detailed Graphics And Prestigious Marques

It's been just over a year since FishLabs released its Tegra HD-exclusive title Galaxy on Fire 2, which provided both impressive graphics and a surprising amount of depth. Now we have a slightly less futuristic-weaponry, slightly more glossy-metal title to check out, with FishLabs' newest creation, Sports Car Challenge. As you'd expect from the title, this game features a decent selection of the shiniest and fastest four-wheeled polygons around.

The list:

- Audi TTS Coupé
- Bentley Continental GT V8
- Bentley Continental Supersports ISR
- Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
- Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera
- Porsche 911 Carrera S
- Porsche Cayman R
- Volkswagen Scirocco R

FishLabs promises realistic physics and authentic motoring audio effects, along with an accompanying inventory of add-on cosmetics for your vehicles.

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[Update: Spain, Too!] Google Announces Books On The German Play Store, Continuing Into Non English-Speaking Markets

Update: Google just announced that Books is now available in Spain, as well. Yay for reading!

Not a bad week for German Android fans. First on the map in Europe with the recently-reviewed LG Optimus 4X HD, and now the release of books for sale in the Google Play store. The soccer team's not doing too badly, either.

Posted today on its Google+ account, Google Play announced the availability of book purchases effective immediately in Germany, including plenty of German-language bestsellers. Unfortunately their German-speaking neighbors of Austria and Switzerland have been left out in the cold with no way to get their deutschsprachige literary groove on, but this is the service's first step another step beyond the realm of English and is unsurprisingly gradual.

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AT&T Announces Exclusive Availability Of Sony's LTE-Packing Xperia Ion On June 24th For $99.99 On Two Year Contract

Back at CES in January we got a first glance at Sony's latest flagship phone, the Xperia Ion. In our time with it, the device made an impression with its 720P display and 12 megapixel camera. As expected, this device is finally showing up on AT&T with an announcement today of the device's availability later this month.

As you can see, this is a phone with some serious media credentials. The 4.6" 'Reality display'  allows you to view HD content on the go, including content from the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN). The Xperia Ion is also PlayStation certified, so the SEN's selection of games will be available to you in addition to music and video.

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Spotify's New ICS App Now Out Of Beta And Available In The Play Store

The "freemium" music streaming service Spotify has had great success on the desktop and on iOS, but its Android offering has always been rather lacking, with an extremely dated-looking application that did no justice to the greatness of the service itself. Back in April, Spotify made its first motions towards bringing the app up to speed with a public beta of a rather pretty Holo-themed application for Android 4.0, and now that beta has borne fruit.

In a blog post today, Spotify announced the immediate release of the finished version of this Android 4.0 client to the Google Play Store.

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VirusTotal App Now Available For Android, Checks The Legitimacy Of Your Installed Apps Against 40+ Different AntiVirus Sources

 

We at Android Police take our mobile security pretty seriously. It's in the job description. Entering the realm of mobile security today is yet another contender on the good side of the battle: VirusTotal has released its client for Android. Prior to this, VirusTotal was a simple website where you can upload suspicious files to be scanned by a multitude of antivirus engines. Having provided this desktop OS-oriented service for several years now, VirusTotal has brought its experience and expertise to mobile.

However, its mobile offering is slightly different than its desktop counterpart. As mobile devices are often data-limited, VirusTotal for Android instead checks an identifying hash of each application installed on your mobile device against the website's database.

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LG Announces Release Of Optimus 4X HD In Europe, Available Now In Germany

As promised by LG back in May, its top of the line quad-core Optimus 4X HD is now seeing release in Europe. First seen at MWC in February, this is set to take on the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X for the favor of powerhouse-craving phone shoppers throughout the continent. The device is now available for purchase from Amazon DE in either black or white, both close to the €500 mark.

In case the specs have slipped your mind, here's a quick refresher:

  • 4.7" (720p) True HD IPS display
  • 1.5 GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front shooter
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 2150 mAh battery
  • 8.9mm thickness
  • SHSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity
  • NFC and MHL

Following on from this initial release in Germany will be the Netherlands, Sweden, UK and Italy.

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Watch Where You Look! Senseye Shows Off Its Futuristic Eye Control System At Computex 2012

Over at Computex Taipei, the usual array of bizarre and/or nifty gadgets you'd expect at a technology trade show are out in numbers. Coming to the attention of The Verge's Sean Hollister was a demo by Scandinavian company Senseye, with its intriguing eye tracking-based control and navigation system. As you might expect, a camera simply follows the motion of your eyes and moves the cursor to their focal point. To the obvious amusement of Halfbrick Studios, the Senseye was demonstrated on a large screen playing Fruit Ninja.

The Senseye system added a new peril for the player as simply looking at the dangerous bombs masquerading as sliceable fruit resulted in them exploding, but this was alleviated using good ol' peripheral vision.

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Sony Rolling Out Xperia Mini Pro And Xperia Live With Walkman Android 4.0 OTA, Continuing The 2011 Xperia Line Update Program

Sony may have disappointed by backing out of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to its PlayStation-certified Xperia Play, but there are still several other Xperia devices out there due an upgrade to Android 4.0. Having recently dealt with the Xperia Arc and Neo, next up is the pint-sized pocket slider, the Xperia Mini Pro. As you might expect, this will include Sony's usual UI customizations, but considering the Xperia Mini Pro's rather unique form factor such additions may be welcome in this case. With many of its QWERTY brethren such as the Droid 4 or Captivate Glide still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates, this makes the Xperia Mini Pro a rare device indeed.

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Microsoft Unveils on{X}, A Framework For Phone Automation - Launching Now On Android And Set To Take On Tasker

A key aspect of the power of smartphones is the variety of functions they provide to the user. Data, GPS, Voice, Video, are all found in almost every Android phone on the market. With today's release of on{X} ("on-ex"), Microsoft hopes to exploit this convergence of functionality in a way that is less reliant on the user for input and more aware of its surroundings. By gathering information from the host of sensors available to the operating system, it's quite possible for your phone to determine its location and context and respond accordingly, without intervention by the user. Armed with their trademark lower-case, sans-serif, Holo-breaking Metro style convention, on{X} is Tasker for the everyman.

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33 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/5/12 - 5/20/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here and the tablet app roundup here.

If you enjoy this roundup, feel free to upvote and comment on Reddit.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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